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we begin this afternoon with breaking news in the battle against isis. the militants are still advancing on two fronts both iraq and syria. the situation is so desperate in anbar province right outside baghdad that leaders there are asking iraq's central government to request u.s. ground forces to intervene and save anbar right now. they claim isis has seized control of 80% of the province and without help they say collapse is imminent. if that happens isis will control a huge area from iraq into syria. where the city of kobani is also under siege and could fall. on the allied front u.s. and allied warplanes are hitting targets in syria and iraq since yesterday striking a command-and-control facility, a staging building, a fighting position and two small buildings north of kobani and warplanes killed more than 30 isis fighters west of ramadi earlier today. let's bring in erin mcpike who joins us live from the white house. anbar says it is being overwhelmed by 10,000 isis
fighters. it is asking for american boots on the ground. the air strikes why aren't they targeting more forces, more troops, to try to stall their advance? what's the white house say? >> reporter: well, deb, again, these cries for american ground troops are coming from officials in anbar province local officials, not coming from the centralized government in baghdad. the u.s. has been working closely with the iraqi government on those air strikes and they're continuing those air strikes. there were more air strikes overnight. the air strikes continue in both iraq and syria. but what we're hearing from the white house is simply as they said before this is going to be a long fight. they know isis is very brutal, has very brutal tactics, and they warned at the beginning that this could go on for several years. and so right now what they're simply doing is digging in and sticking to the strategy that they laid out so far, deb. >> so, if anbar falls, isis will essentially be on baghdad's
doorstep. if kobani falls that means isis will be on turkey's doorstep. what is the sense of urgency? is the white house re-evaluating what it wants to do, what kind of resources it's going to be using in that area? >> reporter: i think what we're seeing is that it's giving the obama administration the ability to apply more pressure to turkey and just yesterday turkey committed to training the syrian rebels to giving turkish troops so they could train the syrian rebels and it may be that turkey has to commit ground troops. that is under consideration. they have not done that just yet but we did hear from deputy national security adviser to the president tony lincoln yesterday and he said essentially they need to have troops. by that he was referring to the iraqis and the syrian rebels forces, but also essentially saying that turkey needs to help out in a greater way, deb. >> yeah, one of the -- turkey,
meanwhile, is saying, look, we'll help you as long as you "a," create a buffer zone and, "b," continue the fight against syrian president bashar al assad. they're not particularly friendly with the kurds. all right, erin mcpike at the white house, thank you so much. >> reporter: of course. and now to the ebola crisis. it's roughly 4,500 miles from monrovia to new york city, but a deadly spry russ has shortened the distance and expanded the fears to a city that knows the tolls of ebola much too well. >> reporter: at this small colorful market women from west africa sell native products like palm tree oil and sweet potato leaves. the women say it supposedly replenishes blood. they talk about ebola. but this is not west africa, it's new york city. with roughly 10,000 immigrants staten island's little liberia is one of the largest liberian communities outside of africa.
many fled during the 14-year civil war and now they face a different war. >> ebola is worse than a civil war. with a civil war people could run to different african countries to seek refuge. with ebola you cannot run no where. you got to sit and die. >> reporter: aretha bessman yates heads the liberian association community here and she says people regularly go back to visit family and welcome those who go to visit in the last few months things have changed. following the death of the first ebola patient in the u.s., yates says there's more tension among immigrants now fearful about going to hospitals. >> people are not being open about this whole thing. they trying to keep it to themselves. >> reporter: that is a problem. being able to identify symptoms quickly is crucial. at nearby staten island university hospital which serves the liberian community doctors, nurses and administrators have no illusions.
ebola may come here. >> first thing they come in, have you traveled, if yes within the last 21 days, where have you traveled. >> is it a risk, of course, it's a risk. of course, it's a risk. do i think it's more of a risk here than anywhere else? well, maybe new york city not because of so many west africans here because there are so many planes flying in. >> reporter: he heads the dec decontamination room. the patient never has to go anywhere into the general hospital. they are completely isolated. isolation rooms are designed to keep infect, diseases like ebola in place. >> we have a plan where we'd be running a dirty emergency department and a clean emergency department if that were to happen. >> reporter: and doctors and nurses are briefed every day on everything about ebola. do you feel that you're getting everything you need from the cdc or the health department in terms of how you are supposed to respond to ebola? >> yes, more so from our department. they kind of channel the
information to us so we have a pretty good idea what to do. >> reporter: the hospital is prepared to expect the worst. while little liberia hopes it will somehow be spared. everyone watching and waiting. well, still ahead, a rally in st. louis today is bringing up familiar emotions. distrust between the community and law enforcement. a live report next.
victim of police violence and all across the nation. cnn's jason carroll at the rally. jason were, what is going on? >> reporter: the justice for all rally is under way here in front of the park in front of the old courthouse. you have speakers that are addressing the crowds of several hundred people that gathered at the park. it's a multicultural crowd. people are here to talk about justice and race. they've come from all over, deborah. they've come from texas. they've come from california. they've come from noge. one of the residents from california joining me right now. why don't you step in here. 10 years old. you decided to come here. tell me what you expected to hear. tell me, why did you decide to come. >> hi. i think i came out here because this has been going on since 2003. and it's been fizzling out for way too long. and as a 10-year-old black child i know that my generation can be
completely wiped out by those who say they can protect and serve us and i'm not saying that all police officers are known as brutal people, but when this is an ongoing thing it certainly looks that way. >> reporter: you know, what's interesting to me when i ran across you is that there's so many adults out here who some of them are willing to listen, some of them are not willing to listen. you know, when i think oftentimes as an adult when we think of children we think of innocence and, you know, when you come out here and i listen to you, you seem to have a maturity about the subject. and i'm wondering where you think that comes from, is it something you've always been interested in, something you've always paid attention to? >> i think it's not something that i've always had, but i think it's something that i will always need to have because i'm not safe. i can't pretend that i am an innocent child as people think. i mean, i'm not saying that i
did anything wrong. i'm just saying that i need to know how to protect myself and i need to know that i should represent people who are my age. >> reporter: and very quickly, what do you hope a rally like this will accomplish? >> i think that we will bring an end to police brutality and that it won't be a threat to children. >> reporter: all right, 10 years old from california, los angeles, california. thank you very much. i appreciate you sharing your perspective with us. i hope there are a lot of other 10-year-olds who are out there just as smart as you are. deborah, back to you. >> thank you, jason. 10 years old, what a presence that that child has. interesting that she's there making sure her voice is heard in terms of what's going on. we thank you, jason. and still to come, a very inspiring story of a former u.s. soldier who is about to take to a different field of battle this afternoon. but, first, it's time for our weekly series "tomorrow transformed" which looks at how information and communication
technology is changing society. this week richard quest shows us an innovative way of getting around that combines the best of bus and rail. >> reporter: it was in great britain around 1830 when sir goldworth y gurney made one of the great contributions to mass transit. he removed the horse from the front of the stagecoach. and he replaced it with a steam engine. that discovery is still transforming our world today. for instance, there are buses. and then there's brt. bus rapid transit. it integrates technology like traffic signal transmitters that turn red lights to green as the bus approaches. and modern transport solutions like dedicated brt-only lanes. think of this as a rail system
without the rails. >> i think brt is taking everything we've learned over the last 100 years of public transit and integrated into one mode. >> reporter: cleveland's health line is the top rated brt system in north america. for commuters this is the answer, a revolution. >> i'm actually getting rid of my car. >> reporter: jeff lives and works along the health line corridor. his commute door to door less than 13 minutes. the future of bus rapid transit around the world is to expand the stations deep into the community as societies grapple with efficiently getting more people from "a" to "b" bus routes like this bringing technology to the road represent the future of connected transport.
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>> reporter: this is specialist daniel rodriguez shooting for his life from a mortar pit in afghanistan. when his outpost combat outpost keating was overwhelmed by enemy forces they filmed this video of the virginia native running to defend his position along with his best friend private first class kevin thompson. >> the next thing i'm zigzagging because bullets are hitting my ankles and as soon as i get to the 240 thompson is coming out and he got hit right in front of me. it's that surreal moment where you realize you can't do anything for your friend. >> reporter: it was the deadliest battle of the war that year and when it was over eight u.s. soldiers were dead. dozens of others carried wounds physical and otherwise including rodriguez. >> you come home back to a world that expects you to be the same and i'm questioning myself why i'm living. i would drive different routes to go to the store because i was afraid of getting blown up.
i was very close to taking my own life at that point. >> reporter: how close? >> a loaded handgun. a loaded handgun away. to my temple. >> reporter: but the story of daniel rodriguez is ultimately an inspiring one. >> rodriguez doing his daily job. >> reporter: he had joined the army to follow in the footsteps of his late father and now he would find direction from his late friend and a memory of a conversation they had had. >> thompson and i were talking one day that we wanted to do better for ourselves and do something with our lives and i told him that i wanted to play college football and he said promise me that you'll play. i wanted to show thompson i was better than this. there was a bigger purpose for my life that i was still breathing because my friends had given their last breaths. >> reporter: at the age of 22 the 5'8" rodriguez started training. he spent his entire savings on this college recruitment video. it went out on social media and he waited for a call.
let me be honest for a second. you're not the biggest guy i know. >> yeah. yeah. you can say that. >> reporter: you weren't the youngest guy. >> no, not at all. >> reporter: but you probably were the most determined. and definitely one of the most impressive. >> absolutely. and i like that on my resume. i like, you know, my features too small, too slow, too old but a hell of a worker, you know. >> reporter: clemson university liked it, too. rodriguez was a walk-on in 2010 and he's become one of the university's most celebrated athletes. every parent tells their kids you can do anything you want. >> yeah. >> reporter: but you actually believed it and took it to heart, so now what? president? >> i don't know. >> reporter: nfl? acting? >> all of the above. i've seen lives taken at such a young age of ambitious kids that want to do so much that never got to do it. for me to put a tunnel or a scope on what i want to do just
a monster storm is barrelling toward japan. it's this year's most powerful typhoon. it is packing sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. it's heading to japan including okinawa. it is expected to make it directly to mainland japan. a california woman is free after spending 17 years in prison for a murder she did not commit. a judge found susan mellon wrongly convicted because of credibility issues prom the
prosecuti prosecution's star witness. a traffic accident changed a young woman's life forever or so she thought. it's this week's "human factor." >> the only thing that i did different that morning was unbuckle my seat belt. >> reporter: it was a split second decision that forever changed the life of 26-year-old katie serafi. >> i was driving down on interstate 5. a drive that i'd done hundreds of times. >> reporter: but this drive turned terribly wrong. she said the last memory she had was unbuckling her seat belt and reaching down to grab a can of soda that was rolling around the floorboard. >> i didn't think anything of it. you reach over grab your purse, grab whatever on the passenger's side. >> reporter: but her car veered off the highway ejecting her from the back windshield. >> and that was it. i snapped my back in half. compressed my spinal cord. >> reporter: instantly perilized from her midchest down. days after the accident she was
asked to participate in the world's first human embryonic stem cell. they need to test the safety of experimental treatments but it would not help with her recovery now she was told. in fact, doctors warned her it could possibly make things worse but still she said yes. >> i would like for future injuries to have an option. have a treatment available, have hope because i know it's very hopeless in the beginning and you just think your life is over. >> reporter: two years since the accident, her life is far from over. she's back to school. has become a young advocate for stem cell research and this summer she even learned how to surf. dr. sanjay gupta cnn reporting. >> that inspiring story. thanks so much for spending part of your saturday here with all of us at cnn. i'm deborah feyerick.
"cnn money" starts right now with christine roman. ebola arrived in america by plane. can authorities stop it from happening again without crippling the global travel industry? i'm christine romans. this is "cnn money." stopping ebola at the gate. more aggressive screening coming to five u.s. airports. >> we're able to target these measures specifically to individuals who are traveling from these three countries. >> reporter: but as the first case diagnosed on u.s. soil becomes america's first ebola death more calls to ban flights from diseased-ravaged african nations. >> we stop travel to the united states. >> reporter: america's public health machines insists lockdown is not the answer. >> that isolates the countries to the point where it makes it very difficult for them to control the epidemic. >> reporter: but european